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FMPSD Students Win Four Medals at Canada Wide Science Fair

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
FMPSD Students Win Four Medals at Canada Wide Science Fair

Left to Right: Dhvani Patel, Shaaf Babar, Krish Shah, and Dhruv Patel // FMPSD

Team Wood Buffalo is coming back from the Canada Wide Science Fair with multiple medals.

Four students from the Fort McMurray Public School District took home a silver and three bronze at the competition earlier this month in Ottawa.

Krish Shah, a Grade 9 student at École McTavish Junior High School, took second place honours for his HALO – Heart Ability LOG and Operator. This is an app for smartwatches and phones that can monitor heart rates and detect sudden cardiac issues.

“Winning a Silver Medal and a Challenge Award was great recognition for the hard work I put in,” said Shah, in a release.

École McTavish Grade 8 student Shaaf Babar took home one of the three bronze for his “Smart Escape.” The project uses Dijkstra Based Algorithm to determine the shortest-safe exit, in case of an emergency.

“Winning anything at the national level is pretty hard as there were so many excellent projects and the judging process is really tough so I am very pleased with the results.”

Westwood Community High School’s Dhvani and Dhruv Patel also received third-place finishes for their projects.

Dhvani made the Wireless Activity Advisor SMART Infant Health Technology, which tracks baby temperatures, medical records, activities, and more.

Dhruv, who recently won the $100,000 Loran Scholarship, got the bronze for his Drowsy Driver Detection System. It’s basically a camera that detects people’s eyes, yawn frequency, and heart rate to determine if they may be falling asleep behind the wheel.

This will be the last year for Dhruv and Dhvani as they are graduating from high school, however, Shah and Babar are eligible to return next year.